Dream Pod 9 Running New Heavy Gear Blitz! Kickstarter

Giant robot alert! We have a giant robot alert on the screen! *loud buzzing and beeping while red lights flash*
Dream Pod 9 is running a Kickstarter campaign for their giant robot miniatures game, Heavy Gear Blitz!. With the Kickstarter, they’re looking to create new core army miniatures for the Peace River and NuCoal factions. If you dig giant robots, you should check it out.
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Final Days for Heavy Gear Blitz on Kickstarter

Dream Pod 9 is in their final couple days for their Heavy Gear Blitz: War For Terra Nova Kickstarter campaign. They’ve come quite a long way. Go check ’em out.

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From the campaign:

For all the Backers, new and old, thank you for your support, we started the project with a modest goal of $27,000 CAD to pay for the very expensive molds need to make a Basic Starter Set of 16 plastic miniatures. Now 27 days into the project we have unlocked 14 main stretch goals and numerous mini-stretch goals. We now have an amazing Core Starter Set of 47 miniatures, Color Quick Start Rulebook, Backer Patch, plus a lot of Free Downloads. The true retail value of all the individual miniatures included in the Core Starter Set is over $300. You get it all for a Pledge of $115 CAD (about $100 USD) plus shipping of $15 for US and Canadian Backers and actual shipping cost for International Backers. That`s a cost of less that $2.50 per miniature compared to our old metal cost of $8 or more per miniature.

Dream Pod 9 updates about their Heavy Gear Blitz Kickstarter

Dream Pod 9 lets us know how things are progressing along with their Heavy Gear Blitz Kickstarter campaign with some new photos showing off what’s in the new starter.

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From the campaign:

We made an updated graphic of what’s included in the War for Terra Nova – Core Starter Set with all the stretch goals that are unlocked, here it is for everyone to check out. We’ll be posting it up on various websites, forums, and blogs today. Please help us out by sharing with friends, thank you all.

Dream Pod 9 updates about Heavy Gear Blitz shipping

Dream Pod 9 has secured EU-friendly shipping options for their Heavy Gear Blitz Kickstarter campaign.

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From the announcement:

We just added a graphic to the front page to let everyone know that the plastic miniatures for this Kickstarter will be made in the USA. And that the Kickstarter is United Kingdom and European Union Friendly.
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Heavy Gear is Blitzing through Stretch Goals

Dream Pod 9 is on quite a tear through stretch goals for their Heavy Gear Blitz Kickstarter. They’ve already made it well past 2x funded with still 25 days to go.

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From the campaign:

Thank you everyone, stretch goal 6 has been unlocked. We’ll be adding 2 of the Southern Iguana models to all the Core Starter Set Backer Rewards. The Southern Iguana is also now available in the Add-on Rewards at $5 each, for those who want a 3rd or 4th one to add to their Southern Force. Stretch Goal 6 also unlocked the Southern Army Set which includes (4x Jager, 4x Black Mamba, 2x Spitting Cobra, 2x Iguana) plus 1x each additional Southern miniature released via later Stretch Goals and is available for $65 as an Add-on Reward.

The stretch goals and add-on rewards images on the main page have been updated and we just updated the pledge calculator add the Southern Iguana and the Southern Army Set to the Add-Ons Available section.

Dream Pod 9 launches Heavy Gear Blitz War For Terra Nova Starter Set Kickstarter

Dream Pod 9 got their Heavy Gear Blitz: War for Terra Nova Starter Set Kickstarter underway. They’re already funded, so it’s on to stretch goals and extras for 29 more days.

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From the campaign:

The Heavy Gear Blitz – War for Terra Nova – Starter Set Kickstarter is to fund molds for plastic miniatures. These high quality multi-part miniatures for our tabletop wargame will form the new two player Basic Starter Set of 16 miniatures – with 4 different models at the start.
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Dream Pod 9 updates about their upcoming Kickstarter

Dream Pod 9 lets us know what’s up with their upcoming Heavy Gear Blitz Kickstarter and answers some questions about it with this new post.

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From the post:

After reading everyone’s comments and feedback about our earlier idea of doing a Kickstarter this fall for the new edition Heavy Gear Blitz! Tabletop Wargaming Core Rules we have decided to change gear. Instead of a book, the Kickstarter, this October, will be for a new Core Starter Box with plastic miniatures and Quick Start Rules to get new players and old into the game and learning the new rules.

Dream Pod 9 previews Peace River Argos miniatures

Dream Pod 9 is showing off some first looks at their Peace River Argos set of minis for Heavy Gear.

Peace River Argos miniature preview

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From the preview:

assembled the first copies of the Argos resin master parts and took a few photos. Production molds should be made next week and the final pewter miniatures will be available later this month for purchase.

The photo shows the Chieftain (top left), Crusader IV, Argos, and Gen Con 2013 exclusive Chieftain IV (top right), minis shown for size comparison. The Argos is a bit bigger than the Crusader IV and is about the same size as it’s counter parts in the North, the Kodiak and in the South, the King Cobra. Lower part of the photo shows the Standard Loadout (bottom left) with very heavy autocannon, heavy rocket pack, and vibro axe, the Demolisher variant (middle) with snub cannon and air burst missiles, and the Shamshir variant (right) with heavy bazooka and anti-gear missiles.

Gamers on Games : Episode 191 : Heavy Gear Beta Interview with David McLeod

Gamers on Games has posted episode 191 of their vidcast up online for your viewing pleasure.

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In this episode:

Aurora Demonstarter and David McLeod of Dream Pod 9 discuss Heavy Gear Beta and the future of Heavy Gear at Gen Con 2014.

The New Edition Heavy Gear Blitz! – Beta Rules are now live for Free Download

Dream Pod 9 has posted up new beta-test rules for the latest edition of Heavy Gear Blitz! Go download them for free.

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From the announcement:

Welcome to the NEW EDITION of Heavy Gear Blitz – Beta Rules

Development of the new edition of Heavy Gear was started in 2012 with the goal of making the game faster and easier to play. The damage system has been overhauled removing calculation that slowed the game down. This has resulted in a more dynamic game with a wider variety of weapon effects and tactical options. Model point values have been rescaled and the entire army construction system has been rebuilt. A developer’s blog and YouTube channel with Heavy Gear Videos has been launched to expand on the new concepts, discuss the process of development and improve communication between players and Dream Pod 9.
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Orcs In The Webbe Reviews Dream Pod 9’s Magazine Aurora 3.8

Orcs in the Webbe takes a look at Dream Pod 9’s Magazine Aurora 3.8.
See if it’s the magazine for you.

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From the post:

Heya Folks!

Today on Orcs in the Webbe we take a look at the most recent issue of Dream Pod 9’s Aurora magazine and give you brief run down of what to expect in each article.

Keep the Flag Flying!

Dream Pod 9 updates Heavy Gear playtest rules

Dream Pod 9 updated their playtesting rules based on the feedback from various groups and has posted the new version online for your further testing.

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From the update:

Heavy Gear Alpha playtest is taking another great step toward a smoother and action packed ruleset.
Join up and give it a go!

Heavy Gear Open Alpha rules and lists posted

Dream Pod 9 has posted the Heavy Gear Open alpha rules set for everyone to try out and give their thoughts on the subject back to them so the game can be the best it can possibly be.

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From the announcement:

Let the play test begin!

It’s a pretty exciting time here at the Pod. This project has been more than 2 years in the making counting initial planning and review.

Now you, the player get to weigh in and be heard.

New pre-releases avialable from Dream Pod 9

Dream Pod 9 is taking orders for some new squads of mechs over in their webshop.

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From the announcement:

We have pre-releases of the new P.R.D.F. GP, Strike and Fire Support Squads updated with the new Warrior and Warrior IV miniature sculpts and weapon options from the Blood Debt – Peace River Army List e-book. These pre-releases only include the miniatures and do not include the retail packing box that will be done in 2014 and made available to retailers then.

Also at the same time we have made available a pre-release of the new P.R.D.F. Army Box and a new P.R.D.F. Task Force Deal using the new sculpts.

Dream Pod 9 announces new edition of Heavy Gear Blitz coming in 2015

Dream Pod 9 has announced that they’ll be coming out with a new edition of Heavy Gear Blitz that will be coming out in 2015.

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From the announcement:

Dream Pod 9 is announcing development of a new edition consolidated core tabletop wargaming rulebook for Heavy Gear. The full Beta rules will be released as a free e-book and b&w printed booklet in Summer 2014. The full color new edition core rulebook (both electronic and printed editions) will follow in early 2015.
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Dream Pod 9 releases Heavy Gear Blitz! Blood Debt – Peace River Army List

Dream Pod 9, in the meantime before they release their full Blood Debt supplement, they’ve released their Peace River Army List as a pdf.

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From the release:

Dream Pod 9’s latest ebook only exclusive entitled Blood Debt – Peace River Army List is now available. This is an abridged version of the delayed Blood Debt- Peace River Field Guide, for players of Heavy Gear Blitz’s Peace River faction. The Peace River Army List includes everything you need to make a Peace River army, with new vehicles, datacards, updated combat groups and threat values. Choose one of Peace River’s five army options, from the Peace River Defense Force, Peace Officer Corps, Home Guard Security Force, Combined Task Force, or the Protectorate Sponsored Badlands Militia.

New releases availble from Dream Pod 9

Dream Pod 9 has their latest releases for Heavy Gear Blitz! posted up on their website. Go check ’em out.

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From the webshop:

We’ve just upgraded Dream Pod 9’s Online Store! We’ve been working on this for a few months and we hope you find the new store easier to use.

The new store offers improved security and reliability over the old store software, but we’re more excited about features to make it easier to find specific products and features that reward our customers.

One new feature is Pod Reward Points: With the new online store, you will receive Customer Loyalty Reward Points for items purchased to us on your next orders. As a guideline, you will receive 1 point for every $5 to $10 of an item’s value, items under $5 don’t receive reward points. An order for a $23 blister would give 2 reward points and an order for a $25 blister would give 3 reward points.

Gamers on Games hosts a Heavy Gear Blitz Charity Game

Gamers on Games will he having a charity game of Heavy Gear Blitz going on and you could be featured if you show up and check it out.

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From the announcement:

Check our info about our Heavy Gear Charity Game at The Gamer’s Realm! Come down and see what’s going on!

Gamers on Games: Update! Heavy Gear Badlands Rally / Auction

Gamers on Games has had to cancel their Heavy Gear Badlands Rally/tourney, but they do have good news about their Jeff Dee auction.

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From the update:

This is a cancellation notice of the Heavy Gear Badlands Rally Demo / Tournament scheduled for 11/17, but an update on new arrivals from Jeff Dee for the Multiple Myeloma Research auction scheduled for 11/23

Gamers on Games episode 57: Interview with Robert Dubois of Dream Pod 9

Gamers on Games has posted episode 57 of their vidcast up online for your viewing pleasure.

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In this episode:

Gamers on Games interviews Robert Dubois of Dream Pod 9. We talk about Dream Pod 9, Heavy Gear Blitz, Heavy Gear Arena, and Heavy Gear Badlands Rally.

Gamer Goggles posts Box Breaking 75 The Visigoth for Heavy Gear

Gamer Goggles opens up The Visigoth tank for Heavy Gear in their latest video post.

From them to you:

In this Box breaking Matt tears open the main battle tank for the South. Then he assembles it. Make sure you assemble yours after the video – Matt noticed some things that could have made his life easier. All in all the Visigoth will be a fine edition to your build.

Dream Pod 9 July releases now available online

Dream Pod 9 has their July releases up on their website and will be shipping them out starting this week.

From the announcement:

Dream Pod 9 has new Releases for July 2013 ready to start shipping out the week of July 15th.

Dream Pod 9 new releases for Heavy Gear Blitz for June now available

Dream Pod 9 has their June releases for Heavy Gear Blitz now available over in their webshop.

From the announcement:

Dream Pod 9’s June New Releases are now available on the Dream Pod 9 Online Store. The new releases this month are four brand new Southern tank sculpts, a Southern Rattle Snake Single Pack, and the NuCoal Special Infantry.

Dream Pod 9 taking pre-orders for new tanks

Dream Pod 9 is taking down names of those of you gamers who want any of their new tank models as soon as they’re released.

From the announcement:

Dream Pod 9 has been showing off sneak peeks of several tanks for their Southern Faction over the past week, and today they begin taking pre-orders for those tanks. They have four brand new sculpts available, the Hetairoi, Ballista, Hittite, and the Recon Hun all for the South. Head over to their online store and be sure to get your name on the pre-order list. All orders begin to ship June 14, 2013.

New squad, tank and decals available to pre-order from Dream Pod 9

Dream Pod 9 is taking down names of those that want their upcoming Visioth battle tank, Southern Military Police Cadre and Decals set that they’re coming out with soon.

From the announcement:

Dream Pod 9 is currently taking pre orders on their online store
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Southern Military Police Cadre
(2 Black Mamba MPs, 2 Iguana MPs, and 1 Cobra MP Gear pewter miniatures and extra parts.) $49.95 USD This product will phase out the MP Shields Five Pack (DP9-9164)
Southern Visioth Main Battle Tank (DP9-9292, 29.95 USD)
Southern MP Decals Pack (DP9-9289, 6.75 USD)

All of these products are available for pre order and will ship Friday May 17th, 2013.

Gear Up Issue 6 now available from Dream Pod 9

Dream Pod 9 has posted issue #6 of Gear Up online for your downloading and reading pleasure.

In this issue and some more news:

Gear UP 6 has arrived, and with it is some big news! Last year, Dream Pod
9 signed a licensing deal with Stompy Bot Productions to produce a new video game based on the Heavy… Gear franchise. In the past few months, Stompy Bot Productions has been working with us to bring the world of Terra Nova to life like never before. Last week at Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Stompy Bot Productions along with Mektek Studios, the company that is building the game, revealed a brand new trailer featuring in game footage using the powerful new Unreal Engine 4 platform. Gear UP 6 features some an in depth look at some of the features and the people behind the game as it is developed.

As a fan of the Heavy Gear franchise, you have an opportunity to make this game a reality and to push it forward to even broader game play options.
We want your help to make this game not only a reality, but the best game play experience for you the player. Stompy Bot Productions and Mektek Studios have set up www.HeavyGear.com for you to explore the concepts behind the game and to keep up with news about Heavy Gear Assault. While you are there you can help by contributing to the crowdfunding campaign they have set up. In addition to the direct crowdfunding, a Kickstarter campaign will be starting up in the next few weeks. Crowd funding has been a tremendous success in the market for letting fans express their desire for a project to move forward. You can be part of that success and make this game a reality, and snag some excellent rewards such as patches, artbooks, music, and in-game unique items!

We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to bringing you more content this year. Expect more coverage in Gear UP as we move forward!

New releases available from Dream Pod 9 for Heavy Gear Blitz!

Dream Pod 9 has some new Heavy Gear Blitz! releases available over on their website including a new army book.

From the announcement:

The releases are:
Southern City Militia Cadre: In dire times, the Southern city-states draw on their local population to bolster their defenses forming City Militia Cadres.
The Southern City Militia Cadre contains two Asp, two Salamander and one Street Viper Gear pewter miniatures along with optional parts and weapons.
Check out the link below to the components to see all the parts included.

NuCoal Montagnard Squad: Montagnard Squads are specialized in mountaineering and are able to scale usually impassable cliffs with ease using their shoulder mounted harpoon launchers. The NuCoal Montagnard Squad contains five Lancier Mountaineering Gear pewter miniatures along with optional parts and weapons. Check out the link below to the components to see all the parts included.

Dream Pod 9 retiring the Jovian Chronicles minis

Dream Pod 9 will be retiring the Jovian Chronicles miniatures line. If you want them, better get them now.

The long running range of sci-fi miniatures for Jovian Chronicles which includes spaceships and exo armors (giant space capable mechs) is being retired as of February 8th 2013. Now is the chance for fans to pick them up before they are gone forever!

Dream Pod 9 preveiws new Southern Infantry? for Heavy Gear Blitz

Dream Pod 9 is previewing some new infantry units they’ve got in the works for Heavy Gear Blitz.

From the preview:

They are in 12mm, like the rest of our line, but will fit in well with any 15mm scenery.

These will be the new infantry figures for the Southern Forces and will replace all other existing ones.

Delays in Forged in Fire? from Dream Pod 9

Dream Pod 9 unfortunately will be delayed in shipping Forged in Fire.

To our loyal customers and fans,

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the hard copy of Forged in Fire has been delayed and we will be unable to deliver it before Christmas. The book will ship out automatically when it has returned from the printers.

Every effort is currently being made to get the e-book version of Forged in Fire to everyone who is entitled to it before the 24th of December.

The good news is that miniature orders will ship as soon as they are ready and the first batch should go out soon. For those who have pre-ordered the Southern Bundles, your orders will ship in two parts, the first part being the miniatures and the second part being the book.

To demonstrate our sincere regret at this delay and hopefully regain some of your good will, if you pre-ordered the book or bundle, you will receive a 10% discount on your next purchase.

All pre-order customers will also receive the Dream Pod 9 2012 Holiday Miniature, the Iguana MP.

We’re sorry to have to bring you this disappointing news and apologize for any inconvenience this causes you.

Sincerely,

The Dream Pod 9 Team

Frontline Gamer shows off the last of his exclusive Heavy Gear Blitz reveals

Frontline Gamer isn’t just doing Kingdom Death stuff. He’s got the last of his world-premier reveals for Heavy Gear Blitz.

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Yep this is the last exclusive look at a new Gear that I’ve got for you all. This time it’s the Street Viper.

Frontline Gamer reveals concept art for Salamander Gear for Heavy Gear

Frontline Gamer snagged another of those “world exclusive” previews for Heavy Gear Blitz. This one’s for the Salamander Gear.

From the announcement:

Frontline Gamer reveals another piece of concept art for a Southern faction Gear in Heavy Gear Blitz. This time it’s the Salamander.

Frontline Gamer reveals a world exclusive look at the Diamiondback for Heavy Gear Blitz

Frontline Gamer sent in the most cereal boxtops and was thus allowed to show off an exclusive look at the Diamondback for Heavy Gear Blitz before anyone else.

From the reveal:

Yay!!! I have a world exclusive look at the new Diamondback Gear for the Southern faction from Heavy Gear Blitz, and yes I have pictures.

Dream Pod 9 taking pre-orders for NuCoal Army Box

Dream Pod 9 has started taking down names of people who want their NuCoal Army Box as soon as it becomes available. Be the first gamer on your block to get them when they’re released.

From the announcement:

Dream Pod 9 is now accepting pre-orders for the NuCoal Army Box with an expected shipping date of November 5th. This is an excellent way to get started with Heavy Gear Blitz.

This box set includes everything a player needs to build and play a NuCoal Army right out of the box. Includes a Strike Squad, a Fire Support Squad, a digest format of the Field Manual (Rulebook), and a download coupon for an e-book copy of Perfect Storm: the NuCoal Field Guide (Army List).